Atom hockey players go through NHL level testing

By CHAT News Today
September 12, 2017 - 4:21pm Updated: September 12, 2017 - 7:17pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — In a world dominated by technology, it’s no surprise to hear how it translates to sport.

Records continue to be broken. Racers are running faster and golfers are hitting the ball further, all because of better technology and testing.

The technology was on display at the Canalta Centre last week, as atom-aged hockey players participated in a combine hosted by Performance Edge Sports Testing.

“What they’re actually doing is going through a CHL or WHL style combine, similar to what we do for the Medicine Hat Tigers,” said Justin Scott, owner of the company.

The players were put through the same tests the professionals go through, including goaltenders being timed with lasers on cross-crease speed. A 30-metre sprint was also among the tests.

Scott says the tests allow the players to get a snapshot of their abilities.

“They’re going to be able to see from here what they’re strength and weaknesses are, and through time, we give them a report card, so they can track their progress through their goaltender career, and see where they end up,” he said.

Scott adds the testing gives players an idea of what they can expect if they want to pursue a career in the WHL.

“Essentially, they’re giving themselves a couple of years of practice,” he said.

The company tests players in almost 40 sports, including curling, soccer, lacrosse and cross-country running. A full list of sports can be found on the company’s website.

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